AGRICULTURE: Bigger & Better-Equipped

While arguments about agricultural polity were being assembled and polished for the coming battle on Capitol Hill, the Bureau of the Census last week came forward with some hard facts about U.S. farms and farmers. Reporting on its latest census of agriculture, the bureau noted some significant shifts in life on the farm between 1950 and 1954. Items:

¶ The number of farms in the U.S. decreased from 5,382,162 to 4,782,393. More than half the decrease occurred in the South, largely because sharecropper and tenant farmers left the farm and turned to the...

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